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This past weekend has made me realize how grateful I am for my family, especially my dad. Sometimes it takes a lot of waiting and thinking to make me stop and look at the many blessings in my life that I am often too busy to see.  

And so here we are in Denver at the hospital waiting and waiting…

…and waiting.  There were about 25 of us in the waiting room as my dad and uncle went in for surgery.  My dad donated his kidney to his brother who has kidney disease and was very close to having to go on dialysis.  
Of course Cora wanted to be there for Gramp’s surgery too.  She had lots of attention.  
And she even slept a little too.
My mom and Aunt Lori were anxiously awaiting news from the doctors.  I think it is so sweet how they both have their husband’s wedding rings around their necks.
Finally we got the good news and eventually got to visit the recovering patients.  My Uncle David felt better almost immediately after receiving the kidney.  Isn’t that amazing??
My dad on the other hand wasn’t feeling so hot.  It was great to see him and give him a big hug.
I love this picture.  This was taken on the second day after the surgery.  My dad was feeling pretty horrible, but he mustered up enough energy to give this big cheesy grin.  What a tough daddy!
When I talked to my mom this afternoon both my uncle and dad were getting ready to go “home”.  Home will be in Denver for a little while.  My dad will come home to Kansas sometime next week while my uncle will stay in Denver for about three months.  Thanks for all of you who prayed.  We are so grateful!
  • The Moffats - Wonderful post! Still praying for a speedy recovery and energy for your daddy. Great to see you all. Much love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • The Ekeland's - So Thankful it went so well! That’s pretty special that you could all be there together 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Aaron and Shannon - We will continue to pray. Glad things went well.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I loved reading this post, Jess. I’m so glad it went well and admire your dad. You do have an amazing family. Your dad’s “cheesy smile” picture is priceless. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • The Frasiers - Jess – so glad things turned out well. Love the “I’m in pain, but smiling” smile. Keep us posted. HA HA…thats funny and I didn’t even mean to!ReplyCancel

  • The Balzer's - I’m so glad everything went well…what a truly priceless gift your dad gave. We’ll continue to pray for both of their recovery.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - My goodness, what an amazing experience!

    We’ll keep the family in our prayers.ReplyCancel